Politics & Government

Politics & Government
10:51 am
Thu November 8, 2012

5 Foul-Ups In The Romney Campaign

Mitt Romney talks to reporters on his campaign plane on Election Day. "I'm very proud of the campaign we've run," he said. "No campaign is perfect."
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 11:37 am

File this under the Strange Case of the 2012 Presidential Campaign. It was a long, tortuous trip that ended up at a very familiar destination: the re-election of President Obama.

But along the way, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney did garner more electoral votes than a lot of losers, including John McCain in 2008, Bob Dole in 1996 or Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Romney must have done some things right. And he must have done some things wrong.

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Politics & Government
7:33 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Alabama Governor Wants to Remove Racist Language

After two efforts to remove racist language concerning education from Alabama's 1901 Constitution, Gov. Robert Bentley says he's more determined than ever to see the racist language removed.


The amendment to remove the language concerning poll taxes and requiring black and white students to attend separate schools was defeated Tuesday.

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Voter Turnout
4:43 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Alabama Voting Slightly Off 2008 Pace

Secretary of State Beth Chapman syas voter turnout this year was slightly off the pace of 2008.
Credit sos.state.al.us / Alabama Secretary of State

Alabama's voter turnout for Tuesday's election was slightly less than the unusually high performance four years ago.


Secretary of State Beth Chapman said Wednesday the turnout for the general election was 72.4 percent. More than 73 percent of Alabama's voters participated in 2008. Chapman had forecast the turnout would fall between 72 percent and 74 percent.


The 2008 figure remains the highest since Alabama recorded a 76 percent turnout in the 1992 presidential race, according to figures compiled by the secretary of state's office.

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Politics & Government
4:37 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Ala. Rep. Jeremy Oden Asks For PSC Appointment

Representative Jeremy Oden is asking to be appointed to fill an unexpired term on the state's Public Service Commission.
Credit legislature.state.al.us / The Alabama Legislature

Republican state Rep. Jeremy Oden of Vinemont has asked Gov. Robert Bentley to appoint him to fill an unexpired term on the state Public Service Commission.


The term of Republican Commissioner Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh opened up Tuesday when she beat Democratic incumbent Lucy Baxley for president of the PSC. Cavanaugh was sworn into office Wednesday, leaving the final two years of her term open.

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Dead Candidate Wins
4:26 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Dead Candidate Beats Incumbent In Alabama

The Bibb County Commission seat decision now sits with Governor Robert Bentley who will appoint a new commisioner.
Credit State of Alabama

Even a dead Republican beat a Democrat in the GOP's sweep of Alabama.


A Republican nominee who died almost month before Election Day beat the Democratic incumbent for a seat on the Bibb County Commission on Tuesday.


Probate Judge Jerry Pow says Republican nominee Charles Beasley defeated Democrat Walter Sansing despite having died on Oct. 12. Beasley carried about 52 percent of the votes.


Pow says some voters probably didn't know Beasley died before the election, but others did.

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Politics & Government
8:29 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Voters OK Measure Designed to Bring Jobs to State

Alabama voters have approved a measure that Gov. Robert Bentley says will help bring jobs to the state.


Amendment 2 allows the state to sell more bonds to get money to offer industries to build or expand plants in Alabama. The constitution already allows the state to sell up to $750 million in bonds to offer as industrial incentives, and the state has issued $720 million.

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Politics & Government
8:16 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ala. Amendment to Extend Forever Wild Approved

Alabama voters decided Tuesday to extend the state's Forever Wild land preservation program for 20 years.


The program, initially approved by voters in 1992, has secured more than 227,000 acres of land for public use through purchases or long-term leases. Land acquired ranges from more than 5,000 acres of fragile marshes on the Alabama coast to more than 16,000 acres at the Walls of Jericho, a dramatic gorge near the Tennessee border.

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Politics & Government
8:13 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ala Voters Defeat Measure to Racist Language

Alabama voters have defeated Amendment 4, a measure to remove racist language from Alabama's Constitution.


The amendment would have removed language mandating poll taxes and separate black and white schools. A similar amendment failed within the last decade.


Black legislators and the Alabama Education Association opposed the amendment because it left in a 1956 amendment that declared that Alabama children did not have a right to a public education.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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Politics & Government
8:04 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Incumbents Win All 6 Contested House Races in Ala

U.S. Congresswoman Martha Roby is one of 6 Representatives who held onto their House seats.
Credit roby.house.gov

All six of Alabama's U.S. House members facing re-election have defeated challengers by wide margins.


Republican Rep. Martha Roby of Montgomery won a second two-year term Tuesday, and GOP Rep. Mike Rogers of Saks captured his sixth term. Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt of Haleyville won a ninth term, and Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville claimed his second term.


GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus of Vestavia Hills won his 11th term in office. And the state's lone Democratic member, Rep. Terri Sewell of Birmingham, won a second term.

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Politics & Government
7:17 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Alabama's Last Democrat in Statewide Office Leaves

Lucy Baxley is handing over the presidency of the Public Service Commission to Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.
Credit psc.alabama.gov

Alabama's last Democrat in statewide office, Lucy Baxley, is handing over the presidency of the Public Service Commission to Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.


Cavanaugh polled about 55 percent of the vote against Baxley. She will be sworn into office at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Montgomery. The 74-year-old Baxley told fellow Democrats Tuesday night that this was her last race.

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Politics & Government
6:53 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Young voters talk about the Presidential race, and their futures

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Politics & Government
7:08 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Virginia Exit Polling Shows Obama Lost Support

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And we're going to be checking in a lot tonight with Andy Kohut of the Pew Research Center, who's here with us now to talk about early exit polls. Andy, what are you seeing, first of all, in terms of the presidential race?

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Politics & Government
7:08 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Independent Voters Could Be Key In Florida

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And now on to the biggest state that is really a contested battleground. I mean, we assume New York and California are barely contested by Republicans and Texas is assumed to go to Republican.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Texas, yeah.

SIEGEL: But with 29 electoral votes, Florida is always a state we look at. And our own Debbie Elliott is in Tampa at the Republican Party event there. And, Debbie, who are the key constituencies in Florida who are thought to be the ones who will decide who wins this day today?

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Politics & Government
6:57 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Ohio Already Reporting Solid Voter Turnout

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:08 pm

Melissa Block talks with Don Gonyea as polls close in Ohio.

Politics & Government
6:50 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

All Eyes On The Battleground States As Polls Close

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:08 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And in our studio, NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving. Every couple of years, here we are around this time trying to figure out who has been elected to what. Tonight, what are you looking for? What are the important signs you're looking for in the numbers as they come in?

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